DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Owl Scissor Skills Craft
Contributed by Leanne Guenther
This is a great project to use when you are first introducing a child
to scissors. It requires single "snips" only.
My 11 year old made this one. She ripped the paper instead of
using scissors and used multiple colours to give the picture a more
'feathery' look. She figured she didn't need scissors practice and
wanted to exercise her creativity *chuckles*.
You can make this appropriate for older children (kindergarten and up)
by asking them to fill their templates with a particular type of shape
(squares, rectangles, triangles, polygons, etc).
- children's scissors,
- construction paper -- you can prechoose the color or let the kids
pick their own
- paper and printer
- ADULT: print template of choice or make your own.
- ADULT: Cut the construction paper into long, one inch wide strips
(you can cut fast, they don't have to be perfect)
- show the child how to hold their scissors.
- let the child snip off pieces from the strips of construction paper... As
the children get older, you can ask them to try to snip perfect squares, but
to begin with, just let them snip away
- Either squeeze the glue onto the template for the child or squeeze some
into a margarine container lid and give the child a q-tip or popsicle stick
to spread the glue themselves.
- Let the child fill the template with the snipped pieces -- don't worry
that they go over the lines.
- Let dry.
- ADULT: cut out the shape along the dark line (you should be able to
turn the page over and see the dark black line through the back of the
- Glue onto a background. We used black because owls are awake
at night. We thought about adding some white stars in the sky, but
it was close to naptime so we "quit while we were ahead". You
could also add a tree branch and leaves from construction paper -- use
your imagination and your judgement about when your child has had enough
- Close the template window after printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the
template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most
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